Accreditation Team to Visit University; Public Comment Invited

The university will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit Oct. 21-24 by a team representing the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education is one of seven accrediting commissions in the United States that provide institutional accreditation on a regional basis. Accreditation is voluntary and applies to the institution as a whole. The commission, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, accredits approximately 240 institutions in the six-state New England region.

UMass Amherst has been accredited by the commission since 1932 and was last reviewed in 2009.

For the past year and a half, the campus has been engaged in a process of self-study, addressing the commission’s standards for accreditation. An evaluation team will visit the institution to gather evidence that the self-study is thorough and accurate. The team will recommend to the commission a continuing status for the institution. Following a review, the commission itself will take the final action.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the institution to:

       Public Comment on the University of Massachusetts Amherst

       Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

       New England Association of Schools and Colleges

       3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100

       Burlington, MA 01803-4514

       E-mail: cihe@neasc.org.

Public comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution. The commission cannot settle disputes between individuals and institutions, whether those involve faculty, students, administrators or members of other groups. Comments will not be treated as confidential and must include the name, address and telephone number of the person providing the comments.

Public comments must be received by Oct. 24. The commission cannot guarantee that comments received after that date will be considered.